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Domestic Abuse Against Elder Women and Perceived Barriers to Help-Seeking

NCJ Number
Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect Volume: 25 Issue: 3 Dated: June - July 2013 Pages: 205-229
Frederick L. Newman, Ph.D.; Laura R. Seff, M.B.A.; Richard L. Beaulaurier, Ph.D.; Richard C. Palmer, DrPh
Date Published
June 2013
25 pages
This study examined perceived help-seeking barriers (PBHS)for older female victims of domestic abuse.
The study's (n = 447) purposes were to (1) describe relationships of abuser behavior to elder women's perception of barriers to help-seeking; (2) compare fit of model to participants' levels of abuse, race-ethnicity, age, and gender and relationship of identified close other; and (3) determine extent to which the model differentiated relationship of abuser to participant and level of abuse. Analyses identified six factors contributing to the overall barrier score, accounting for 84percent of total variance (X2/df = 1.527, CFI = .989, RMSEA = .034), including three internal and two external factors and a single abuser behavior factor that were invariant across participant characteristic; however, covariances did differ. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.